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Spotlight Table

7 Ranked Lawyers

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Corporate/M&A - Spain
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What the team is known for

Extensive team with the capacity to offer a multidisciplinary approach to clients, with industry expertise covering renewable energy, telecommunications and healthcare. Leverages the superb reputations of key individuals in Madrid and Barcelona to serve the corporate governance and transactional needs of clients. Increasingly active in public M&A, including takeover bids. Remains a key partner for major banks, private equity funds and real estate investors engaging in M&A transactions, particularly those with a cross-border element. Offices in Latin American jurisdictions, China and the USA mean that the firm is well placed to assist clients with multi-jurisdictional transactions or at a local level outside of Spain.

Foreign desks

Manuel Torres Salazar is a key contact for the firm's offices in Beijing and Shanghai. He leads a team that often advises Spanish clients on the establishment of Chinese subsidiaries, the structuring of joint ventures and the execution of corporate restructurings or M&A transactions. Albert Collado Armengol in Barcelona also has strong links to the Chinese practice owing to his role in setting up the Shanghai office.

Ramon Girbau Pedragosa and Ignacio Calvet Tordera are the main contacts for Garrigues's French desk, which coordinates with partner firms to assist French clients with their investments in Spain or Latin America. It also advises Spanish clients on investing in France.

Staffed by German-speaking lawyers throughout the Garrigues network, the German desk advises German clients on cross-border transactions involving Spain. The desk is particularly active on cross-border corporate and financing transactions involving German energy investors, owing to lead lawyer Silvestre Arana's specialisation in the energy sector.

The Spanish team frequently handles cross-border transactions with Latin America, often assisted by dual-qualified lawyers based in the firm's offices in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

Javier Marzo and Ferrán Escayola i Maranges co-head the US desk, which comprises lawyers based in both the Madrid and Barcelona offices with particular knowledge of the US legal system. The team coordinates with colleagues in New York to advise on cross-border matters.

Notable Practitioners

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Manuel Torres Salazar
Expertise based abroad in China

Manuel Torres Salazar is the partner in charge of the firm's Shanghai and Beijing offices and regularly advises Spanish companies on M&A transactions in China, with strong expertise in maritime and shipping laws.

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Luis Ortiz Blanco
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Foreign expert for Belgium

Luis Ortiz Blanco has significant experience advising on corporate law issues as well as EU competition law, including merger controls. He is active in a variety of sectors such as IT and life sciences.

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Fernando Vives
Star Individuals

Fernando Vives draws considerable praise from interviewees, with one source saying: "Fernando Vives is one of the best lawyers in Spain and combines enormous experience with deep legal knowledge but also with a great practical sense to reach solutions to complex legal problems." He regularly assists prominent Spanish clients with mergers and the disposal of assets.

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Álvaro López-Jorrín
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Álvaro López-Jorrín frequently represents both international investors and prominent Spanish corporates in the acquisition and divestment of Spanish assets. Interviewees praise his track record and experience, which enable him to give strong advice.

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Mónica Martín de Vidales
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Mónica Martín de Vidales rises in the rankings due to her increasing visibility on high-end acquisitions, and shareholder and joint venture agreements. Respondents affirm that "she adapts to the client's needs with great flexibility and looks for solutions and alternatives with a can-do attitude."

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Ramon Girbau
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Barcelona-based Ramon Girbau advises clients on both public and private acquisitions. He further assists with corporate law matters.

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Renata Mendaña
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Renata Mendaña rises in the rankings based on her increased involvement in high-end, multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions. Interviewees highlight her as "exceptional for commercial and contractual matters."

Ranked Lawyers at
Garrigues

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Corporate/M&A

Fernando Vives
Star Individuals
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Álvaro López-Jorrín
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Band 1
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Mónica Martín de Vidales
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Ramon Girbau
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Band 3
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Renata Mendaña
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Band 4
Manuel Torres Salazar
Expertise based abroad in China
Corporate/M&A: Competition

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Luis Ortiz Blanco
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Foreign expert for Belgium